Bobby Butler's dad fired up over son receiving Olympic nod

Bobby Butler's dad fired up over son receiving Olympic nod

Bobby Butler's dad fired up over son receiving Olympic nod

Bobby Butler is on the Milwaukee Admirals, a team in the American Hockey League. The two men shake hands, then Butler breaks the news. Butler's dad was so overjoyed that he just couldn't stop hugging. He was on the United States team at the 2006 Torino Olympics, which lost in the quarterfinals to Finland, and led the team with four goals in six games.

USA Hockey announced its roster for the 2018 Olympics during Monday's Winter Classic, and while there is no shortage of great stories surrounding the athletes chosen to compete in PyeongChang, one stood out. The NHL stated that the "overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-2018 NHL season". "But the International Olympic Committee wasn't planning to foot the bill for 2018". National Hockey League isn't going, what do you have to say to draw them in?

The National Hockey League declined to provide players for the first time in 23 years, a boycott that includes those in the AHL on two-way contracts.

In previous years, "USA Hockey got all its Olympic players from one league: the NHL", according to SB Nation.

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Other three-time Olympians on the team are Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who began their college careers with the Gophers before transferring to North Dakota; former Wisconsin forwards Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight; and defenseman Kacey Bellamy, who played at New Hampshire. He will turn 39 on January 19, and as the oldest member of the squad, will serve as the captain of an American team that includes no one else with Olympic experience.

"We really like our roster", team general manager Jim Johannson said in a statement.

The roster is perplexing to some hockey observers, such as Deadspin's Barry Petchesky, who calls it "weird as hell" with little name recognition.

California's own Jonathan Blum that plays in the KHL and has recently joined HK Sochi chimed in on his opportunity to represent his home country and what should we all expect. "You know they'll battle every day for the crest on that jersey".

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